West Reading Avenues Fall 2023

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visitwestreading.org 1 The opinions expressed in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced electronically or in print without the express written permission of the publisher. Find Us On: ADVERTISING Alicia@HoffPubs.com 610.685.0914 ext. 210 HoffPubs.com TABLE OF CONTENTS AVE NEWS 3 Fall on the Avenues 4 What’s New On and Off Penn COMMUNITY 6 Talk of the Town 10 Painting the Town 12 DeCarlo’s Bar & Grill Mural Project 14 Seven New Murals at Kimberton Whole Foods 16 Berks History Center Looks Toward the Future 18 Entertaining Idea! Spread the Word: #WestRdgAve EVENTS 20 Fall Fest 2023 22 Reading Film Fest: Greater Reading is Camera-Ready and Film-Friendly 25 A Season of Wonder 26 Fall for the Miller Center for the Arts 28 9th Annual Pumpkin Palooza 29 Reading Hospital Road Run 30 Berks Arts: 6th Annual Reading Blues Fest 32 Must-Attend Events
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Fall on the Avenues

West Reading has grown by leaps and bounds in the past six years, and we are proud of the ways our business owners have worked to improve how they do business and most recently how they have worked to improve their store fronts. To date the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation (WRCRF) has funded $24,000 in façade grants to help our businesses compete and grow. This funding came from the Pennsylvania Department of Economic Development and the Wyomissing Foundation.

Check out the businesses in the 400 block of Penn Ave. starting at the former Benchwarmer’s Coffee and Doughnuts. We also have had a major redevelopment project happen at the old A to Z Vacuum building, now the West Reading Motor Club, and are happy to see them fully open after COVID slowed down their progress; it was worth the wait. The Noodl building, also in the 400 block, has helped bring a creative vibe to the Avenue making the 400 block a go-to destination. The Barley Mow Craft Beer House added onto its business not too long ago and is working on expanding even more by going up. The West Reading Shopping Center is getting a face lift that will help spruce up the center. We feel this is just the beginning as West Reading continues to grow and draw even more businesses and customers year after year.

We recently discovered software called Placer.AI that can give us real time statistics based on cell phone data. With help from the county and Placer.AI, we have found West Reading is the 47th most visited destination in America. We also found out our events bring in close to 50% more people than we were originally estimating or nearly 30,000 people at Art on the Avenue and close to that at our Fall Fest. Pretty mind blowing if you think about it. Berks County has a lot to be proud of, and we are happy to see West Reading has become a destination, helping to draw people from all over the state and beyond. As our West Reading businesses community continues to grow and improve, I look forward to us being that change I had hoped for when I started in the non-profit world 10 years ago.

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Businesses and other new spots in Avenue’s communities are worth celebrating! This is where we give you the scoop on what’s new and what’s changed along the Avenue. If you have news, please email us at Avenues@hoffpubs.com.

Be a part of the 275th Anniversary Parade!

On October 1st, the City of Reading will mark its 275th Anniversary with a parade. The parade route will span the entire length of Penn Street with performances and a grandstand at 5th and Penn. The parade will include area marching bands, floats, local businesses, community organizations, and clubs. Festivities kick off at 10:00a.m. and participation is free and open to the public.

Café Folino

New to The Block in Wyomissing, Café Folino serves both breakfast and lunch with a highlight on fresh brews, lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos, plus a full breakfast menu with sandwiches, omelets, griddle specialties, and sides. Diners will enjoy a wide variety of lunch options with soup, sandwiches, wraps, and flatbreads, all bringing a cozy experience to let everyone leave feeling recharged.

Open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

951 Hill Avenue, Wyomissing www.cafefolino.com

Divine Nutrition

Divine Nutrition, a leading provider of healthy and delicious meal replacement shakes, energizing teas, and wellness coaching, opened its newest health cafe in Reading. The new location will serve as a hub for the community to gather, refuel, and prioritize health and wellness goals. Divine Nutrition goes beyond providing delicious and nourishing products by offering personalized wellness coaching. Certified coaches are on hand to guide customers on their health journey, offering advice, support, and customized plans to help individuals achieve their desired results.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks the Beginning of Skate Park Construction in Reading

The skate park project is a collaborative effort between the City of Reading, the Reading Skatepark Association who was the grassroots organization that raised the initial funds to begin this project, and local skateboarding advocates who recognize the need for a dedicated facility that caters to the thriving skateboarding and action sports scene in the area. The skate park will be designed to meet the highest standards of safety, while also providing a diverse range of features and obstacles to accommodate different riding styles.

The skate park’s design has been carefully developed to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for riders of all abilities, from beginners to professionals. With an estimated completion date of July 2024, the layout will incorporate various ramps, bowls, rails, and other features that allow riders to showcase their skills and explore new tricks.

The skate park project has received significant support from local businesses, organizations, and community members who recognize the positive impact it will have on the city’s youth and recreational opportunities. Donations, sponsorships, and volunteer efforts have played a crucial role in bringing this vision to life.


Brad and Becky Kline became the new owners of Winedown on July 3rd and have big plans for the popular venue. The Klines plan a potential relaunch later this year with a new name, a transition to a menu with more tapas and some creative options, more events, and more bourbon. The couple has already painted and brightened the interior and added TVs. Watch for coming attractions on Facebook and Instagram!

Open Tuesday through Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. The kitchen closes at 10:00 p.m. during days of operation.

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Our businesses are truly The Talk of the Town.

Meet more of the amazing people involved in the businesses along the Penn Street Corridor as we learn about their passion for services they provide and the strengths of these Penn corridor communities.

Kim Floyd

Store Manager, Kimberton Whole Foods

810 Knitting Mills Way, Wyomissing

Avenues: We’d like to know more about you! Where did you grow up, where did you attend school, and where do you live now?

KF: I grew up in the King of Prussia area. I graduated from Upper Merion High School and attended Johnson and Whales University in Providence, Rhode Island, for Hospitality Management. I now live in the Historic District of Centre Park in Reading.

Avenues: What is your role at Kimberton Whole Foods and what jobs have you held in the past that prepared you for your career with the company?

KF: I am currently the store manager of the Wyomissing location. Prior to working for Kimberton Whole Foods I worked for some of our local vendors. I planted and harvested at Two Gander Farm, brewed Kombucha at Baba’s Brew, milked cows at Wholesome Dairy, and helped harvest herbs with a local herbalist to produce her products. Working for these local vendors established a strong personal connection between our company and the local vendors in our community.

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As a store manager, Servant Leadership is something that I try to exemplify. This means that I am not only providing service to our customers, but I am also in service to support my team members and our vendors.

Avenues: How long have you worked for Kimberton? What is your title now and did you start there in this role?

KF: I have worked for KWF for almost 13 years. During that time, I have held several different positions in four of our seven stores. I started in the Produce Department at the original Phoenixville location, moved to the Downingtown location as an Assistant Manager, then to Douglassville as the Grocery Department Head and eventually the Store Manager of that location. Last year I was given the opportunity to help open the Wyomissing store in the dual role of Perishables Department Head and Assistant Manager. Five months later I was promoted to my current position as the Store Manager.

Avenues: What specifics inspire you most about Kimberton’s mission?

KF: Our mission is to serve the community market with a passionate commitment to integrity, sustainability, and fair trade. I am inspired by every single word of our mission statement. If I had to be specific, it would be our mission to serve. As a store manager, Servant Leadership is something that I try to exemplify. This means that I am not only providing service to our customers, but I am also in service to support my team members and our vendors.

Avenues: How do you feel about how Kimberton becomes involved in the communities it serves?

KF: I feel grateful to be part of such a generous family-owned company. Our Community Outreach department donates to organizations and participates in events that are local to each store. I am especially inspired by our “Round-Up” program in which Kimberton Whole Foods matches our customers’ donations to local non-profit organizations each month.

Avenues: Do you have a favorite customer interaction that you can share?

KF: I have too many to choose from... I think one of my favorite things about working at Kimberton for this long is the personal connections I have established with our regular customers. We know each other by first names, and I know their kids’ names and have watched them grow up over the years.

Avenues: Especially through the holidays, but all throughout the year, how do you hope customers feel as they shop through Kimberton Whole Foods?

KF: I hope that they feel welcomed, cared for, and listened to. We are here to serve them in whatever way we can. Our top priority is customer service, followed by keeping the shelves full. If we don’t have a product, we encourage them to write it down to add to the suggestion box.

Avenues: What do you and the rest of the Wyomissing staff enjoy about the Penn corridor and how do you think it was a good fit for Kimberton?

KF: I enjoy the walkability to the shops and restaurants on the Avenue. In the weeks before the grand opening, many of our staff would venture out for lunch. It was a nice way for us to get to know each other and introduce ourselves to the neighborhood.

I also really love that we decided to renovate an original building that was part of the Knitting Mills and the Reading Outlets. There is so much history here. Many of our customers tell us stories of how they either worked or shopped at the Outlets. Listening to them reminisce builds even more connection to this building and community.

I think what made me finally feel like we fit in was the addition of the outside murals. I would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Mike Miller, his students, and his volunteers for all the time and the hard work they put into the project!

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Valerie DeCarlo Smith

Assistant Manager, DeCarlo’s Bar & Grill 240 Penn Street, Reading

Avenues: Where did you grow up and go to school? Where are you living now?

VS: I grew up in Wyomissing. I graduated from Wyomissing High School, then went on to study early childhood development at Harcum College and transferred into Kutztown University for my bachelor’s degree in the same field. I currently live in Exeter with my husband and two daughters.

Avenues: What is your role at Reading’s DeCarlo’s and how long have you worked there?

VS: I have been the Assistant Manager at DeCarlo’s Bar & Grill since 2006. I help with the ordering, getting deliveries in, bookwork, and making sure everything is ready for the night when we open.

Avenues: What kind of vibe do customers experience when they visit DeCarlo’s?

VS: Our vibe is a fun place with energy and diversity. Food, music, and cocktails are always flowing. Our 64-space parking lot across the street is a big bonus, being in the city.

Avenues: What do you think makes DeCarlo’s stand out as a great spot to eat for people visiting the entertainment venues in Reading?

VS: DeCarlo’s stands out because of our employees. They are hard workers, dedicated and enjoy what they do. Our customer base is loyal to a fault. Consistency is key. We have learned a lot from other family-run businesses such as the West Reading Tavern.

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Avenues: What is your best-selling dish and what’s your personal favorite?

VS: Chicken wings are our best seller, but I would put our Angus burger and cheese steak up against any bar. We offer drink specials during the week and on Sundays we offer a complimentary soda or draft domestic beer with the purchase of our burger.

Avenues: How about drinks? What do customers like the best and what is your pick?

VS: Our biggest seller liquor-wise is tequila. In the past few years this has taken over! On Thursday nights we offer 16 oz. house margaritas. Our house liquors are hand crafted by Pour Brothers from Pennsburg, Pa.

Avenues: How do you feel about the City of Reading celebrating its 275th anniversary and what does it mean to DeCarlo’s?

VS: The first thing that hits me is that number, 275th Anniversary. Wow! And our family has been on this same block since the 1920s. We are very proud of this.

Avenues: What are your favorite spots to visit along the Penn Corridor?

VS: Our favorite spots to visit on the Penn Corridor are Mi Casa Su Casa and Fresh. Both are delicious breakfast spots with beautiful owners.

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Painting the Town

Plein Air West Reading 2023 was an artistic showcase for the entire county. A couple rainy days during the week of June 12 didn’t dampen the spirits of 30 artists competing for the $6700 prize purse of Plein Air West Reading 2023.

The juror-selected artists from six states came for four days to capture the beauty and character of Berks County. Over half of them were from out of town, several here for the first time. Helping to focus their creative efforts were a host of sponsorthemed awards and “The Plein Air Painter’s Guide to Berks County,” a Google-map-based resource developed by Art Plus Gallery.

Produced by Art Plus Gallery and the Berks Art Alliance, the eighth annual event drew record crowds to the June 16 awards presentation and public opening of the exhibit the following day at Art on the Avenue. Juror Nancy Tankersley selected the winners from 144 paintings unveiled in the exhibit.

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Gring’s Mill Foot Bridge oil painting by Fred Jackson, King of Prussia, PA

First Place, Best All Berks, $1000. Sponsored by the Berks Art Alliance. Fred also won the Artist Choice and People’s Choice Awards of $100 gift cards from Blick Art Materials. (Image on previous page)

Centre Park Beauty watercolor by Marita Hines, Marietta, PA

Mansions, Monuments, & Centre Park Award, $500.

Sponsored by Shelby Davis Hutchison & Sherry Davis

Morning on the Farm oil by Denise McDaniel, Columbus, NJ

Berks Farmways Award, $500. Anonymous sponsor

Tulpehocken Creek

watercolor by Ed Bell, Philadelphia

Berks Waterways Award, $500.

Sponsored by Schuylkill River Greenways, NHA

Of Church and Iron

oil by Jay Dombach, Lancaster, PA

Honorable Mention, $200

Date Night

oil painting by Ed Lewandowski, Bridgeville, DE

First Place, Best West Reading, $1000. Sponsored by the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation

Keeping Cool oil by Cheryl Hart, Pottstown, PA

Honorable Mention, $200


A community art event sponsored by Lisa Tiger, Century 21 Gold

And Then the Rain Came oil by Lori Cusick, Dallas, TX 2nd Place, $700

Rainy Day Painting oil by Sarah Baptist, Wilmington, DE 3rd Place, $400

Before the Rain, Allegheny Aqueduct oil by Steven J. White, Birdsboro, PA

Berks History Award, $500

Sponsored by the Berks History Center

Rain-Washed Garden oil by Debra Moffitt, Williamsport, PA Garden Arty Award, $500

Sponsored by Linda and Jim Elliott

On Thursday morning, two dozen artists ranging from young students to seasoned pros converged at Reading Public Museum Park to paint or draw the best landscape they could in two hours. The event was open to the entire community. Allison Shannon, artist and owner of Allison Clothing Co., West Reading, chose winners in the Adult and Student categories.

Adult Category

1st Place, $100: Lean In by Steve Fabian

2nd Place, $75: Museum Dancer by Charlene Jobe

3rd Place, $50: Floral Fancy by Donna Unger

Honorable Mention, $25: Museum

Bridge by Jade Jaroszewski

Student Category

1st Place, $100: In the Park by Cyane Woods

2nd Place, $75: Garden by Marcus Jackson

3rd Place, $50: Waterside by Elizabeth Kratzer

Honorable Mention, $25: For Daddy by Cecelia Bauer

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DeCarlo’s Bar & Grill Mural Project

The streets of Reading are often bustling with lively, diverse individuals. It is this energy that was the inspiration for the DeCarlo’s Bar & Grill Mural Project, which will welcome all visitors entering downtown Reading. This mural addition planned for Penn Street was designed based on the theme “Ballet of the Street,” to tell a story of how deeply rooted communities exist worldwide and the importance of preserving the happiness and connections within them.

The story of this mural begins on Penn Street, after a billboard fell in the parking lot beside DeCarlo’s Bar & Grill. This miraculous event uncovered the perfect canvas for a mural, and soon after the restaurant owner, Danny DeCarlo, contacted Michael L. Miller, Artist in Residence at Total Experience Learning® at Albright College.

Simultaneously, Aaron Gantz, Senior Director of Economic Development at the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA), also reached out to Mike about their interest in

funding a future downtown mural project. DeCarlo’s Bar & Grill newly available wall happened to be conveniently placed on the main corridor of Penn Street, creating a perfect match. Miller worked alongside DeCarlo and the GRCA so they could find inspiration for what they wanted the mural to represent.

The conceptual inspiration for the mural; the “Ballet of the Street,” originated from a quote in the book titled, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, written by Jane Jacobs. Jacobs, an activist who fought to preserve and bring respect to center city communities being cut up by expressways, described innovative ways to build a city on a foundation that preserves the preexisting social systems and encourages human interaction.

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“Its essence is the intricacy of sidewalk use, bringing with it a constant succession of eyes. This order is all composed of movement and change, and although it is life, not art, we may fancifully call it the art form of the city and liken it to the dance – not to a simple-minded precision dance with everyone kicking up at the same time, twirling in unison and bowing off en masse, but to an intricate ballet in which the individual dancers and ensembles all have distinctive parts which miraculously reinforce each other and compose an orderly whole.”

The visual inspiration for the mural was originally suggested by Danny DeCarlo.

“Mike asked what I wanted to see. I told him I loved the elongated characters in the style of American artist Ernie Barnes, whose artwork was depicted on the closing credits of the 70’s sitcom Good Times.” Ernie Barnes incorporated “city-culture” and various diverse communities in his work which ran parallel to Jane Jacobs’ beliefs and advocacy. In his “The Beauty of the Ghetto” exhibition, he created a series of paintings based on major American cities and captured the ballet of the sidewalk in his distinctive art style which stylizes the movement of social interaction.

Miller reached out to local art teachers, including Steve Simons, a teacher of commercial design in Reading-Muhlenberg CTC, in search of a young local artist that could handle the task of designing a landmark mural in this style. Soon after, Simons recommended Treasure Lopes, a 2022 Reading High School graduate and Commercial Design alumna of Reading-Muhlenberg CTC.

Simons shared, “Mike first saw Treasure’s artwork at the annual BCIU county-wide art show, and he said she was a perfect fit based on the art style needed for this project. Treasure was a student that mostly kept her art to herself. This opportunity motivated her to create more art and possibly pursue an art career. This project also served as motivation for other students in the classroom to have Treasure as a role model and to introduce them to the opportunities in public art.”

With the help of classmates’ suggestions and many critique sessions with Simons and Miller, the mural began to take shape. DeCarlo remembers, “When Mike showed me the final rendition, it was perfect. I was blown away. The mural speaks to me because it represents the city I love. And it was created by Treasure Lopes who is a success story of that very city, and I love Albright College and what they’re doing with Total Experience Learning®.”

With that, the final piece fell into place.

In the coming months, the plan is to bring hundreds of community members together to help to paint Treasure’s design onto a polyester material that will later be attached to the restaurant wall. Stay tuned to learn of opportunities to help paint this mural (and other murals) being created at the Public Art Workshop at Total Experience Learning® at Albright College.

Contact Mike Miller at mlmiller@albright.edu for more information and to get involved.

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Artist Zoungy Kligge ~ Jane Jacobs Sidewalk Ballet by Jane Jacobs (plough.com)

Seven New Murals at Kimberton Whole Foods

In the fall of 2022, Kimberton Whole Foods installed its first of many murals. The initial piece was mounted before the store opened, and was on display for their grand opening to welcome customers as they took their first stroll through the packed aisles in Wyomissing. As part of the Knitting Mills revitalization, the exterior of the building includes several window openings that have been closed up over the years. The windowsills and smooth inset panels made them perfectly framed spaces for a second phase of murals, which includes a series of small exterior murals. (Note: A similar mural series is featured one block away at All About Children Pediatric Partners, which includes 44 small murals created with the theme of growth from infancy through adolescence.)

The seven new murals at Kimberton were designed by local artist Meghan McClennan, who works at Eternal Lotus Tattoo on South 6th Ave. Meg worked with the Kimberton folks to craft a series of images that touch on many of the important themes of their products. Seasonal produce, pollinators and soil health are featured in the designs. You can also find Meg’s art in “Our Wings to Remember,” a mural at 7th and Court Streets, just blocks away from Kimberton.

The murals were largely fabricated through the collaborative efforts of the new public art studio at Total Experience Learning® at Albright College, with the leadership of Artist-in-Residence, Michael L. Miller. The studio hosted nearly 50 community paint events over the WinterSpring semester where hundreds of people of all ages come together to fabricate this mural series. The nature-inspired theme of the Kimberton murals uniquely tied into the curriculum of the 50 fifth grade Reading School District + Total Experience Learning® Academy students, who often joined in the studio to help painting. Additional community painting events were also hosted at the Kimberton Store, the GoggleWorks, and the Earth Day Celebration at City Park.



This vibrant pasta salad showcases the natural sweetness of butternut squash and earthiness of Brussels sprouts, all tossed in a delightful combination of fresh herbs, nuts, and dried fruit, topped with tangy goat cheese. Kimberton Whole Foods Creative Food Director, Colin Brett, shares “one of my favorite ingredients to add is butternut squash. Its beautiful color brightens any dish, and here it adds a unique richness and sweetness to every bite without overpowering the dish.”

Find this recipe and more in the Kimberton Whole Foods Cookbook: A Family History with Recipes, written by Kimberton Whole Foods founder Pat Brett and award-winning journalist, author, and food writer Courtney Diener-Stokes, along with input from Colin Brett and photography by Seneca Shahara Brand. The cookbook shares the Bretts’ family history with over 60 recipes spanning the 32-year heritage of the store and community hub. It includes seasonal inspiration for your kitchen, as well as stories of local growers and makers, reflecting the Bretts’ passionate commitment to local agriculture.

Serves 10 to 12


• 2 medium butternut squash, cut into small cubes (about 4 cups)

• 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped

• 1 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped

• 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

• 1 pound Brussels sprouts, quartered

• 4 cups lightly packed baby spinach, chopped

• 3 whole scallions, thinly sliced

• 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries

• 2 cups toasted walnuts, chopped

• 1 pound cooked bow-tie pasta, room temperature

• 4 ounces chevre (soft goat cheese), crumbled

• 1 tablespoon honey

Dressing Ingredients

• ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

• 3 tablespoons lemon juice

• 1 tablespoon honey

• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

• 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt


In a medium saucepan, add butternut squash cubes and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then turn down heat to simmer until squash is tender, but not mushy. Drain and transfer squash to a large serving bowl. Add basil, dill and salt and stir to combine. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add Brussels sprouts and cook until browned on all sides. Add to bowl with butternut squash, along with spinach, scallions, dried cranberries, walnuts and pasta, and gently toss to combine. In a Mason jar or small bowl, add dressing ingredients and shake or whisk to combine. Add dressing to pasta mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle goat cheese over salad and gently toss to incorporate. Drizzle honey over entire salad just before serving.

Photo Credit: Seneca Shahara Brand

Berks History Center Looks Toward the Future

The Berks History Center is looking towards the future by showcasing the past.

As a hidden gem of Greater Reading, it boasts a museum full of artifacts from Berks County’s past, the Henry Janssen Library and a full itinerary of community events, presentations, and even Pennsylvania Dutch lessons.

Benjamin Neely, the Center’s Executive Director, is proud of the challenges it has overcome since his start in late 2019, but he and his team have plans for some drastic updates for the museum.

“We’re going to do a very major redesign of our museum and we will be using technology as a way to stay connected with our audience throughout the year,” said Neely.

Top: Over the last 100 years, the Wyomissing Marching Band has had many different uniforms. This red uniform was worn by band members in the 1970s.

Bottom: William Haman captured photos of Berks County natives from all walks of life. These photos were perfectly developed from hundreds of glass plate negatives. This is the first exhibit in the Center to display information in both English and Spanish.

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Photos & story by Rachel Kovach, Communications & Marketing Intern, GRCA

Ideally, the technology added to the museum will make the exhibits more meaningful, impactful, and more fun to learn about. Neely hopes to have technology that “gamifies” the exhibits and makes them interactive so that people of all ages can enjoy them and hopefully will encourage patrons to become repeat customers at the museum.

In addition to the plans for a more technology-based museum experience, Neely also hopes to make Berks History Center a more inclusive museum that highlights the current demographics in Greater Reading.

“We want to make sure that our organization and our collections are representative of the community we serve,” Neely said.

“We would like to address the inclusivity issue and make sure that all the different waves of immigration that are [moving to Greater Reading] know that we’re a place they can begin to tell their story. We will continue to present these stories as a reminder that they are always relevant.”

In the museum, the first and third floors have permanent exhibits. To keep things fresh and new, the second floor’s exhibits change about once a year. Currently, there are exhibits celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Wyomissing Marching Band and showcasing the photography of Dr. William A. Haman.

As someone who did not grow up in Greater Reading, Neely finds it important to learn as much as possible about the place where he resides.

“There’s a big opportunity for community pride with [the Center]. For folks that aren’t from this area, like me, I’m here in Pennsylvania now and I want to know everything about the place I call home,” said Neely.

For more information about Berks History Center, visit their website at https://www.berkshistory.org/ or contact Benjamin Neely at b.neely@berkshistory.org.

Local History Revitalized

Berks History Center is embarking on an exciting project that aims to enrich our visitors’ understanding of the heritage of our community. We face a pressing need to update our museum exhibits to include more contemporary stories that reflect the surrounding environment, industries, and population that has evolved in Berks County.

For this reason, the Berks History Center began working with museum consultants to develop a new Interpretive Master Plan (IMP) that outlines our vision for the future of the museum exhibits. The plan involves approximately 10,000 square feet of interpretive space reimagined to better support our goal of preserving and promoting the history and heritage of Berks County, Pennsylvania. To make this plan a reality, we have partnered with Readingbased design firm, NeoPangea, and construction firm, Burkey Construction, to help us create an informative, immersive, and interactive museum experience.

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More than just flowers are blooming at the new Harlan Harvey House, located in Bernville, PA. This special collaboration among three local businesses has blossomed to create an exquisite AirBNB for Berks County visitors to enjoy everything the County and surrounding region have to offer.

Twenty-five years ago, Dave and Cindy Sherman bought a property near their new AirBNB as an escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Eventually, the Shermans had to re-relocate back to New Jersey but continued to love Berks County and their Berks home. Inspired by that love, they set off to become entrepreneurs when the perfect spot became available, and purchased what they now call the Harlan Harvey House, named after Dave’s grandfather, a dairy farmer.

The 24-acre U-shaped property that borders Christ Tulpehocken Church and the Little Tulpehocken Creek was beautiful but needed both interior and exterior work to bring it up to the standards the Shermans set for their new AirBNB business.

When it came time to creating their great outdoors, the Shermans reached out to Anewalt’s Landscape Contracting as their first choice. “The Shermans had earlier contracted Anewalt’s to install a walkway at their home using EP Henry products, so they had confidence in selecting Anewalt’s and EP Henry’s products for their new Harlan Harvey House AirBNB project,” said Eddie Anewalt, President of Anewalt’s.

“I could see his vision,” added Dave, describing how Eddie Anewalt stood inside the home’s windowed back porch and looked over the backyard to see how the Anewalt’s team could best bring the space alive. And Eddie’s vision involved relocating an inground swimming pool across the yard to give the appearance of an infinity edge cascading into the wooded landscape, surrounded by comfortable seating areas, as well as a view of the Heidelberg golf course, just across the road.

“Harlan Harvey House was a very unique project for Anewalt’s because it was our first AirBNB contract,” stated Eddie. “It was challenging to work around the guests staying at the AirBNB, because we could only work when the house was not booked, yet still get it done on time. And it was extremely rewarding to hear that once the pool portion of the project was finished, there were immediate bookings for future dates. Team Anewalt’s was able to install the pool on time for a Memorial Day splash.”

“This pool was a real challenge,” remarked Agustin, Anewalt’s crew leader, “because it was my first poolscape working directly with Eddie and Mike,

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our operations manager. Personally, I was very satisfied with the project. The finished job was absolutely beautiful.”

Although the previous owners of the property did a wonderful job of planting perennials that bloom periodically during the growing season, Eddie and his team spruced up the beds surrounding the property and gave the Shermans some great information on the plants they and their guests will enjoy for years to come.

“We get a lesson every time he comes out here,” said Dave of Eddie Anewalt. “It’s just Eddie being Eddie. And it’s also the way Anewalt’s treats their employees. We just trust them.”

Inside the new AirBNB, guests will find a spacious 2500-sq-ft home that pays homage to the Berks County region and provides the perfect spot for viewing the local wildlife that meanders past the peaceful new pool and perennial beds.

Team Anewalt’s will be onsite at the Harlan Harvey House to provide ongoing seasonal maintenance, and the Shermans have plans for Anewalt’s to ‘Light Up’ the property with custom holiday lighting for the winter months. The third key team in the Shermans’ Harlan Harvey House project was Clover Hill Winery and Vineyards, a well-known and popular source for great local wines from grapes grown in its six vineyards which span 80 acres in the region.

Kari Skrip, owner of Clover Hill, and sister of Lori Anewalt, Anewalt’s VP of operations, brings her market expertise to the table, as well. They are providing a souvenir bottle of Clover Hill Vineyards and Winery wine with a custom logo, accompanied by a Harlan Harvey hat, for guests staying at the AirBNB. Other guest activities include exciting

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opportunities for weekend VIP wine tasting experiences at Clover Hill’s Vineyard at their Robesonia location, only a few miles away.

The Shermans have big dreams for the future of Harlan Harvey House and are grateful for their continued collaboration with Team Anewalt’s and Clover Hill. “What karma,” shares Lori. “I am delighted and surprised for the Shermans that they took such a new path in life and decided to open a Berks County AirBNB. Sometimes the stars align, and this is a perfect example of that serendipity! An AirBNB, a unique opportunity for Anewalt’s, and the inclusion of Pennsylvania wines and traditions all wrapped into one!”

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so festival goers can indulge in 200 craft and retail vendors, including a wide array of food and beverage choices, including beer, wine, and spirits plus live music on three stages!

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors, Customers Bank and Tower Health! As always there is plenty of fun for families including free bounce houses on 7th Avenue and other opportunities for creativity including pumpkin painting and of course a dunk tank! Be sure to follow this event on our Visit West Reading Facebook page for all the latest updates! The event is held rain or shine.

Fall Fest is hosted by the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation (WRCRF), a 501 (c)3 registered organization. West Reading is a vibrant regional shopping destination and cosmopolitan hub known for specialty shops and a wide variety of dining experiences.

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Music Lineup!

Three Stages of Continuous Music

11 AM – 7 PM



Uncle Jake and the 18 Wheel Gang

Daze Of My Youth

Ben Ginder Group

Cody Tyler & Gypsy Convoy


Handsome John Pruitt



Dan Hauk

Tom Flott

DJ Spacebrother

Troy Witman

Justin & Glenn



25th Hour

The Warped Band

I Think Like Midnight

Sharp Darts

Mike & The Y-Tones

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Celebrating The Art of Visual Storytelling Greater Reading is Camera-Ready and Film-Friendly: October 26-29, 2023 EVENTS

Over the last five years, aided by grant funding from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and an ARPA grant from the City of Reading, RFO consistently promoted the region as an optimal hub for film production and actively developed communitybased educational programs and workforce development opportunities. Cammie’s vision to grow the region’s filmmaker community and empower the next generation of creatives has taken shape.

Under the direction of newly appointed Creative Director David Buelow, a seasoned motion picture producer with three decades of industry experience, promises an extraordinary celebration of visual storytelling. The lineup boasts over 50 diverse independent films, offering a wide array of options for attendees to choose from, including captivating narrative features, intriguing documentaries, comedy, LatinX, and Made in Reading film categories.

One of the most anticipated aspects of the festival is the opportunity for guests to connect with the filmmakers themselves. Meeting these creative minds in person allows for unique insights into their artistic processes and the stories that inspired their works, fostering a deeper appreciation for the art of filmmaking.

Bringing star power to the event is actress, singer, and influencer Madison Reyes, the beloved lead of Netflix’s hit series “Julie and the Phantoms.” Collaborating with ReadingFilmFEST, Madison will launch the “One Minute Moment” social media challenge, giving students a platform to express themselves authentically on the pressing issues of the Opioid Crisis and Violence Prevention. The challenge will culminate at the International StudentFEST, where Madison will announce the challenge winners and the Best Student Film award.

Saturday, September 23rd 10AM - 3PM

Captivating festival guests, Academy Award-winning SFX designer Tom Woodruff, Jr., known for his work on iconic films like “Godzilla vs. Kong” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” will host “How to Make a Monster,” a symposium on the art of special effects that will provide a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the magic that brings fantastical beings to life on the silver screen.

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#Wizard ofOz

with special guest speaker Mr. John Fricke, the world’s preeminent historian on all things “Oz.” Learn about the film you thought you knew!

Movie followed by Q&A Discussion with John Fricke. Two-time Emmy Award winner John Fricke is regarded as the preeminent Oz and Judy Garland historian.

Sat, Oct 28th

3 - 5:45 pm

Tickets $10

Bring the Whole Family!

R/C Reading Movies 11 & IMAX - Theater 1

On the big screen as it was meant to be seen!

On the big screen as it was meant to be seen!

9th Annual


Festival Dates

Oct 26th - 29th, 2023 ✩

For schedule and tickets


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The enchantment continues with a special screening of “The Wizard of Oz,” a timeless cinematic masterpiece. Esteemed two-time Emmy award-winning guest speaker, John Fricke, the preeminent historian of “The Wizard of Oz,” will offer illuminating insights into the making of this beloved classic. This rare opportunity to watch the film on the big screen alongside expert commentary is one that film enthusiasts and fans cannot miss, promising to leave them with cherished memories for years to come.

A Top-Rated Festival and Gateway to Art

ReadingFilmFEST has earned its reputation as one of the top 100 reviewed festivals worldwide, attracting filmmakers from around the globe. The festival’s diverse events, from film screenings and educational workshops to lively parties, ensure attendees have a memorable and enriching experience. Partnering with various community organizations, including GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading RC 11 Imax, WCR

Center for the Arts, Albright, Kutztown University, Alvernia University, Penn State Berks, and Reading School District, the festival reinforces its commitment to empowering the local arts scene and fostering community pride.

Join the Cinematic Adventure

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of ReadingFilmFEST 2023 on October 26-29th. This unforgettable cinematic experience brings together filmmakers and film enthusiasts to celebrate the magic of visual storytelling. Secure your tickets and festival passes via FilmFreeway at https://filmfreeway.com/ReadingFilmFEST/tickets.

For more information, full schedule, and updates, visit the official website at https://readingfilmfest.com/ or find ReadingFilm on your favorite social media platforms.

In Greater Reading, the yellow brick road to cinematic greatness awaits. ReadingFilmFEST 2023 is a treat you cannot afford to miss.

24 Avenues Fall 2023 Visit cocaberks.org/recovery or scan code for more details! COME CELEBRATE RECOVERY MONTH Join the 2023 Berks Recovery Walk! Saturday, Sept. 9 10AM - 2PM Help raise awareness and celebrate recovery from substance use disorder! The walk will begin at the RISE Center at 702 N, 8th St, and end at City Park for a recovery celebration that will be headlined by Rapper Chas “Colicchie” Smith. EVENTS

A Season of Wonder

The Reading Theater Project is opening its new season of new and locally inspired theater and performance on November 2, 2023. All projects will be centered around the theme of “Wonder.”

Its first, and highly anticipated, production, Silent Sky, by Lauren Gunderson, opens the new season of Wonder. It will be performed at the Yocum Institute of Arts Education in West Lawn from November 2 to 5, 2023. This highly theatrical, and beautifully told, true story of 19th-century astronomer, Henrietta Leavitt, explores the idea that social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth. This production will be directed by Andrea Kennedy Hart.

Productions this season have received funding from the Reading Musical Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, administered through Berks Arts. The Reading Theater Project is a locally-focused theater company, based in Reading/Berks County, PA. The team values collaboration and creative challenges and believes theater is an inclusive experience that can reveal our shared human condition. For more information, visit readingtheaterproject.org or call 484-706-9719.

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Fall for the Miller Center for the Arts

The Miller Center for the Arts at Reading Area Community College, long recognized as one of the great performing venues in the MidAtlantic Region, has introduced their initial slate of performances for the 2023-2024 Season.

“We are very proud to bring a unique, varied, and diverse schedule of spectacular entertainment options for our patrons in Berks County and Eastern Pennsylvania,” said Tony DeMarco, Executive Director of the Miller Center, and Vice President for Advancement at RACC.

The Miller Center season kicks off on September 22nd with a highly anticipated return engagement of HYPROV a live show that combines hypnosis and improv. HYPROV, stars Colin Mochrie (of Whose Line Is It Anyway?) and Asad Mecci (Hypnotist Extraordinaire) as they take some 20 audience volunteers, find those most receptive to hypnosis and have them join Colin and Asad to improvise the rest of the show. It’s a can’t-miss for a hilarious and entertaining evening.

That’s followed by the The Red Hot Chilli Pipers … the most famous ‘bagpipe band’ on the planet, September 23rd! The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are a Celtic rock band from Scotland who gained fame after winning the BBC talent show “When Will I be Famous?” Their one-of-a-kind music combines traditional Scottish pipe tunes and rock/pop anthems into what they proudly call ‘bagrock’.

Landing on October 5th is Always Olivia: An Olivia Newton-John Tribute, an homage to one of the most celebrated and beloved pop culture icons of all time, the late Olivia Newton-John. Always Olivia authentically captures the essence and sounds of Olivia’s timeless music.

Of course, you won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Miller Center Music Fest on October 7th. A full day and night of shows with some of the finest performers: dance music DJ’s, Black Caviar, a duo that met in Reading and have gone on to achieve great success garnering a Grammy nomination, 20 million plays and 223 streams; local psychedelic groove rock band, Flux Capacitor; old-school Hip-Hop Philly Legend ‘Supreem Da’ Rezarekta’ and his band, with Supreem and the New Experience; Jon Smith’s Voyages, a Reading native’s tribute to David Bowie and Freddie Mercury; and more.

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Other shows for the season include:

October 13…Calpulli Mexican Dance Company’s Dia de los Muertos, using both folk and classical music and dance.

October 18… Philadelphia Eagles fans, welcome Joe Conklin, the beloved comedy master of WIP Sports, who joins forces with the City Rhythm Orchestra for a night of comedy and music.

October 28…Come and see Steve Forbert & The New Renditions . Years before Americana music earned its own category at the Grammy Awards, Steve Forbert helped pioneer the genre’s mix of folk, roots-rock, and richly delivered storytelling.

November 2… See former American Idol contestant, Constantine Maroulis and his Rock ‘N’ Roll Cabaret show

November 10… Buddy Holly’s remarkable music lives on forever through John Mueller’s “Winter Dance Party,” featuring over two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment with all the Holly hit songs of the 50’s era.

November 12… The Forests and Shores of Acadia is Jill Haley’s latest release about music she wrote while an Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park. Enjoy the evening with special accompaniment from guitarist David Cullen, known for his wide range of styles including classical, jazz, and world music.

November 16… Jim Brickman, one of the most beloved pianists in the world, will deliver his distinctive style and captivating live performance. Brickman has become the most charted Adult Contemporary artist and bestselling solo pianist to date. Brickman’s current tour is titled “Jim Brickman: Hits Live and A Little Bit of Christmas.”

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9th Annual Pumpkin Palooza

Sunday, October 8th, 2023, from 12:00pm-3:00pm

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

Pumpkin Palooza is an admission-free family-friendly event that features hundreds of handblown glass pumpkins for sale, including a limited edition 2023 pumpkin available at Pumpkin Palooza only. Visitors can also make their very own pumpkin in hot glass, fused glass, flameworking and metals. Enjoy the fall weather, games, kids’ activities, arts, and crafts, and create lasting memories with loved ones this fall.

Admission to the main event is free and includes:

• handmade pumpkin hunt

• kids’ activities

• cider tastings

• caricature artist

• gourd slingshot

• artists’ alley

• s’mores

• live music

• food trucks



The Road Ramble is a self-guided driving tour where participants learn little-known facts about the makeup of Berks County from the convenience and comfort of their own vehicle. This event is fun for the whole family and highlights a blend of historic structures, scenic vistas, and locations associated with local folklore.


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Reading Hospital Road Run

Sunday, October 15th, 2023

8am until 12pm

The Reading Hospital Road Run, hosted by The Friends of Reading Hospital, will again return to West Reading this Fall, on the morning of Sunday, October 15th. The 5K course will race along the beautiful and scenic tree-lined streets of West Reading and Wyomissing. Runners looking for an added challenge will enjoy a course through West Reading, Wyomissing, and the City of Reading when they register for the half marathon. All race events will start and finish on Seventh Avenue adjacent to the Reading Hospital in West Reading.

The Friends of Reading Hospital is an association of dedicated community leaders who focus on raising funds through events like Reading Hospital Road Run to support and enhance Reading Hospital’s promise of Advancing Health. Transforming Lives.

This year, proceeds will be used to support the McGlinn Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. The McGlinn Cancer Patient Assistance Fund provides financial relief with non-medical expenses to cancer patients in need and who are undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation treatment at Reading Hospital’s McGlinn Cancer Institute.

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BERKS ARTS: 6th Annual

Reading Blues Fest Set

For Nov.15-19

Berks Arts is pleased to announce that the 6th annual Reading Blues Fest will open on Wednesday, Nov. 15 and run through Sunday, Nov. 19, with most events at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading.

Last year’s festival broke attendance records, as fans poured into Reading to celebrate the art of the blues, and this year’s stellar lineup is expected to do the same.

The late Chicago bluesman Willie Dixon once said: “The blues are the roots and the other musics are the fruits.”

Jazz, rock, and most American popular music all started with the blues, and that is why Berks Arts, which also presents the renowned Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest each spring, devotes an entire festival to this revered genre.

“Berks Arts is thrilled to present the sixth annual Reading Blues Fest, one of our fastest-growing programs,” said Justin Heimbecker, Berks Arts Executive Director. “The enthusiastic, diverse crowd that converges on the region for these events makes Reading a destination for arts enthusiasts across the country.”

Headliners for this year’s Reading Blues Fest include guitarist/ keyboardist/singer Jimmy Vivino; guitar legend Arlen Roth and his band in a “Super Soul Session,” featuring Hammond B3 artist Bruce Katz, vocalist Makamuri and The Berks Horns; singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster (the 2023 winner of the BMA for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year); guitarist/vocalist J.P. Soars Gypsy Blue Revue, featuring vocalist/violinist Anne Harris; slide guitarist/singer/songwriter Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials; and gospel/blues artist Mr.


Sipp & The True Believers featuring special guest the Fresh Wind Gospel Ensemble.

“Our programming goal was to present a lineup that represents the musical diversity of the blues genre,” said John Ernesto, Reading Blues Fest artistic director. “Fest fans will have the opportunity to enjoy the sounds of traditional, electric, soulful, gospel blues and more.”

The festival will start off with a community concert, “Blues on the Mountain,” presented by Mt. Penn Preservation, at the Reading Liederkranz on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The concert, featuring the Mikey Junior Band and opening act Busker Incognito & THE SHOW, will begin at 6 p.m.

On Friday, Nov. 17, there will be a Kickoff Lunch at the Peanut Bar Restaurant in downtown Reading, with The Bluesmasters (also known as The Groovemasters), featuring bassist Bennie Sims, keyboardist Cliff Starkey and saxophonist/vocalist Erich Cawalla. The next evening, the Peanut Bar will also host a Blues Dinner with the Dave Mell Blues Band.

The rest of the concerts will all take place in the DoubleTree, where festivalgoers can relax in the friendly atmosphere of the awardwinning hotel while enjoying concerts, blues-themed lunches and brunches, and more.

The festivities will start in the hotel’s Cheers American Bistro with a Welcome Party at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with Kevin Burt, a vocalist, harmonica player and guitarist who has won the International Blues Challenge in all three categories. Burt will also appear with his band – Big Medicine – opening for the Ruthie Foster concert on Saturday night.

In addition to the headliners, there will be concerts in more intimate venues by harmonica master Steve Guyger & The Excellos, the Dave Keller Band, Dave Keyes (the “King of Keys”), and the James Supra Trio featuring Sarah Ayers and Phil Pilorz.

And two special events will be held in the DoubleTree Amphitheater: an RMF Guitar Workshop hosted by Dave Kline and Arlen Roth on Saturday afternoon, and “Meet the Artists” hosted by Michael Cloeren on Sunday morning.

Ticketing levels for the Reading Blues Fest range from an all-inclusive VIP package that includes a two-night stay at the DoubleTree, to tickets for individual concerts. For more information, including a complete schedule and artist bios, visit www.readingbluesfest.com.


As always, Avenues is bringing you a sampling of the fantastic events, programs, and exhibits you’ll find in the Avenues’ communities.


September 3

“Water/Summer” - Water and summer themes in an exhibit by members of Art Plus Gallery

Through October 8

West Reading Tavern

606 Penn Avenue, West Reading

Rides & Vibes

All-age bike riders meet in the Sly Fox parking lot for a ride around the area.

1:00 p.m.

820 Knitting Mills Way


September 4

Pups at the Pool

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

West Reading Pool

475 Museum Road, West Reading

September 5

“In Search of Relevance” –the amazing marker art of Kate DeArmas Exhibit available through October 1

Say Cheese! Restaurant

600 Penn Avenue, West Reading

September 8

Art Plus Gallery Fall Show

All-member exhibit in the main gallery. Opening reception 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Exhibit through October 29

Art Plus Gallery, 604 Penn Avenue, West Reading

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September 8

“The Beauty of Lombardia” Reception

Italian Alpine beauty in the loose, colorful style of cyclist Bob McClennan’s palette knife paintings.

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., featured exhibit runs Sept 1-30. Art Plus Gallery

604 Penn Avenue, West Reading

September 22


Improv Under Hypnosis starring Colin Mochrie and Asad Mecci

7:30 p.m.

Miller Center for the Arts

4 North 2nd Street, Reading

September 23

Glass Blown Pumpkin Class: Session A

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

2nd Friday on the Avenue

Celebrate West Reading shops and restaurants and enjoy live music.

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

September 16

West Reading Fall Fest

Craft and retail vendors, food and beverages, activities, three music stages.

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

400 to 700 blocks of Penn Avenue, West Reading

September 18

“The Nature of Berks” Art Exhibit Paintings of Angelica Creek, Mt. Penn Forest Preserve, Neversink Exhibit runs through November 31.

The Nature Place

Rt. 10 & St. Bernardine St., Reading

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

201 Washington Street, Reading

11th Annual Night at the Museum

Opening night of the Voyage to the Deep show about Captain Nemo.

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for live music, open bar, food stations, and auctions.

Reading Public Museum

500 Museum Park Road, Reading

Reading Symphony Orchestra –Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky

7:30 p.m.

Santander Performing Arts Center

136 North 6th Street, Reading

Every Sunday

West Reading Farmers Markets, every Sunday through December

9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

500 block of Penn Avenue and 6th Avenue at Penn and Cherry

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers –the most famous bagpipe band on the planet.

7:30 p.m.

Miller Center for the Arts

4 North 2nd Street, Reading

September 29

Floyd Final Fridays

Classic rock album under the stars.

7:00 p.m.

Neag Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum

500 Museum Park Road, Reading

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September 29

Earth, Wind, and Fire

7:30 p.m.

Santander Performing Arts Center

136 North 6th Street, Reading

September 30

Ceramic Spooky House Class

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

201 Washington Street, Reading


October 1

City of Reading’s 275th Anniversary Parade –performances and grandstand at 5th and Penn Streets.

10:00 a.m.

Penn Street, Reading

Rides & Vibes

All-age bike riders meet in the Sly Fox parking lot for a ride around the area.

1:00 p.m.

820 Knitting Mills Way, Wyomissing

October 3

“The Beauty of Lombardia”Bob McClennan’s September exhibit from Art Plus gets an extended run.

Say Cheese! Restaurant backroom gallery, through December 4

600 Penn Avenue, West Reading

October 5

Travis Tritt

7:00 p.m.

Santander Performing Arts Center

136 North 6th Street, Reading

Always Olivia

An Olivia Newton-John Tribute

7:30 p.m.

Miller Center for the Arts

4 North 2nd Street, Reading

October 6

Clue – based on the 1985 movie and classic Hasbro board game.

October 6th through 15th, various show times

Genesius Theatre

153 North 10th Street, Reading

October 7

Bring Your Own Adult – Sew

Your Own Tote Bag

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

201 Washington Street, Reading

October 9

GoggleWorks Pumpkin Palooza – glass pumpkins for sale or to create, plus games and crafts.

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

201 Washington Street, Reading

October 10

Colors of Fall - Autumntheme exhibit by members of Art Plus Gallery. Exhibit runs through January 8th. West Reading Tavern 606 Penn Avenue,West Reading

October 13

“Wood Rock Water” Reception Robin Bisaccia’s acrylics and watercolors explore wonders of Pennsylvania, Florida, and the West, with Native American-style music by flutist Donna Luhrs.

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Featured exhibit runs Oct 3-29.

Art Plus Gallery, 604 Penn Ave., West Reading

2nd Friday on the Avenue – Celebrate West Reading shops and restaurants and enjoy live music.

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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Calpulli Mexican Dance Company’s Dia de los Muertos

7:30 p.m.

Miller Center for the Arts

4 North 2nd Street, Reading

October 14

Welding with Found Objects Class

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

201 Washington Street, Reading

Spooky Hollow

Family fun with games, pumpkins, and refreshments.

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., rain date 10/15

Happy Hollow Playground

1100 Wayne Avenue, Wyomissing

October 15

Reading Hospital Road Run

8:00 a.m. – half marathon run, 8:15 a.m. – 5K run.

Scottish Rite Cathedral

430 South 7th Avenue, West Reading

October 18

Beer Flight Board Class – two-day class

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., also October 20.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

201 Washington Street, Reading

Joe Conklin & The City Rhythm Orchestra

7:30 p.m.

Miller Center for the Arts

4 North 2nd Street, Reading

October 19

Painting Pennsylvania Class: Fall Landscapes, four weeks

6:00 p.m., Thursdays through November 9.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

201 Washington Street, Reading

October 25

Make & Taste a Glass

Blown Beer Tumbler with Saucony Creek Brewpub

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (also held on November 15).

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

201 Washington Street, Reading

Blues Traveler

7:30 p.m.

Santander Performing Arts Center

136 North 6th Street, Reading

October 28

275th Anniversary Redware Workshop with Robesonia Redware

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

201 Washington Street, Reading

Steve Forbert & the New Renditions

7:30 p.m.

Miller Center for the Arts

4 North 2nd Street, Reading


November 1

Rides & Vibes

All-age bike riders meet in the Sly Fox parking lot for a ride around the area.

1:00 p.m.

820 Knitting Mills Way, Wyomissing

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• October 26, 5:30pm: StudentFEST: Hosting & Live Concert by Madison Reyes, social influencer and star of Netflix’s “Julie and the Phantoms”

• October 28, 10am Workshop: ‘How To Make A Monster’ Presentation by Academy Award-winning SFX Designer Tom Woodruff Jr. (Alien 3, Spiderman, Jurassic World, It, Smile, Starship Troopers)

• October 28, 3pm Exclusive Showing: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ with Special Guest Speaker, two-time Emmy Award Winner, John Frick, the world’s preeminent historian for all things ‘Oz’

• October 29, 1pm: Movies & Shorts: Made In Reading Block featuring the Best Berks Films from Berks filmmakers

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November 2

Constantine Maroulis: A Rock ‘N Roll Cabaret

7:30 p.m.

Miller Center for the Arts

4 North 2nd Street, Reading

November 3

Romeo Santos

8:00 p.m.

Santander Arena

700 Penn Street, Reading

November 4

Reading Symphony Orchestra – Romeo and Juliet

7:30 p.m.

Santander Performing Arts Center

136 North 6th Street, Reading

November 10

The Holiday Art Show

All-member exhibit in the main gallery

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., opening reception. Exhibit runs November 7 through December 31.

Art Plus Gallery

604 Penn Avenue, West Reading

Hardwood Cutting Board Class

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

201 Washington Street, Reading

2nd Friday on the Avenue – Celebrate West Reading shops and restaurants and enjoy live music.

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

John Mueller’s 1950’s Winter Dance Party

7:30 p.m.

Miller Center for the Arts

4 North 2nd Street, Reading

“In the Footsteps of the Old Masters” Reception

Oil painter Marky Barto’s classic techniques and aesthetics in still lifes and portraits echo realism of 17th century Dutch masters.

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Featured exhibit runs Nov 1-30.

Art Plus Gallery

604 Penn Avenue, West Reading

November 11

Hand-printed Holiday Card Class

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

201 Washington Street, Reading

November 12

The Forest and Shores of Acadia by Jill Haley, instrumental musician

3:00 p.m.

Miller Center for the Arts

4 North 2nd Street, Reading

November 14

Custom Fused Glass Address Sign Class

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

Floyd Final Fridays

201 Washington Street, Reading

November 16

Jim Brickman: Hits Live & A Little Bit of Christmas

7:00 p.m.

Miller Center for the Arts

4 North 2nd Street, Reading

November 17

Reading Blues Fest – Kevin Burt

5:30 p.m. Welcome Party

DoubleTree by Hilton

Cheers American Bistro

701 Penn Street, Reading

BNS Productions Presents

Rory D. Sheriff’s Speak Easy

7:30 p.m. (also showing on November 18)

Miller Center for the Arts

4 North 2nd Street, Reading

Reading Blues Fest – Jimmy Vivino & Friends, plus Arlen

Roth Band Super Soul Session

8:00 p.m. Opening

Night Celebration

DoubleTree by Hilton

Grand Ballroom

701 Penn Street, Reading

November 18

Reading Blues Fest – James

Supra & Sarah Ayers

10:30 a.m.

Cheers American Bistro

DoubleTree by Hilton

701 Penn Street, Reading

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Reading Blues Fest – Waking

Up to the Blues Harmonica with Steve Guyger & The Excellos

10:30 a.m.

Penske Amphitheatre

DoubleTree by Hilton

701 Penn Street, Reading

Reading Blues Fest –

King of Keys: Dave Keyes

11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Blues Lunch and Dinner

Cheers American Bistro

Lounge DoubleTree by Hilton

701 Penn Street, Reading

Bring Your Own Adult: Screen

Printed T-shirt Class

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

201 Washington Street, Reading

Reading Blues Fest – Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, plus J.P.

Soars Gypsy Blue Revue

1:00 p.m.

DoubleTree by Hilton

Grand Ballroom

701 Penn Street, Reading

Reading Blues Fest – Ruthie Foster, plus the Kevin Burt Band

8:00 p.m.

DoubleTree by Hilton

Grand Ballroom

701 Penn Street, Reading

November 19

Reading Blues Fest – Mr. Sipp & The True Believers, featuring Fresh Wind Gospel Ensemble

11:30 a.m. brunch and concert

DoubleTree by Hilton

Grand Ballroom

701 Penn Street, Reading

November 25

Small Business Saturday

A day to celebrate and support local small businesses along Penn and enjoy special events and deals around the area.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

4:00 p.m.

Santander Performing Arts Center

136 North 6th Street, Reading


December 1

Holiday Glow on the Avenue – special holiday events on weekends through 12/18, held rain or shine!

Rides & Vibes

All-age bike riders meet in the Sly Fox parking lot for a ride around the area.

1:00 p.m.

820 Knitting Mills Way, Wyomissing


Art Plus Gallery… artplusgallerypa.com

Santander Events… Santander-arena.com

Miller Center for the Arts… millercenter.racc.edu

Reading Public Museum… readingpublicmuseum.org

Reading Community Players… www.readingcommplayers.com

GoggleWorks… goggleworks.org

Genesius Theatre… genesiusdifference.org

Yocum Institute for Arts Education… www.yocuminstitute.org

West Reading Holiday Tree Lighting

6:00 p.m. (rain date

December 4th)

Delaney Circle, West Reading

The Fab Four – The Ultimate Beatles Tour

7:30 p.m.

Santander Performing Arts Center

136 North 6th Street, Reading

December 2

Lighting of the Greens

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(rain date 12/3)

The Stone House

1216 Parkside Drive, Wyomissing

Berks Jazz Fest Holiday Kickoff

– A Peter White Christmas with Mindy Abair and Vincent Ingala

7:00 p.m.

Miller Center for the Arts

4 North 2nd Street, Reading

December 3

El Alfa

8:00 p.m.

Santander Arena

700 Penn Street, Reading

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